2010 Annual Science Report

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Reporting  |  SEP 2009 – AUG 2010

EPO Activity: High School Astrobiology Interns

Project Progress

Two high school students, Amy Campbell and Christopher Hoff, joined our NAI team this summer to help out on research projects. They gained experience in the Earth sciences, learned how to help develop research projects, learned about the culture of a lab environment, and were exposed to a wide variety of researchers and scientific topics.

Amy, a junior from Cambridge Ringe and Latin School (the city of Cambridge’s one public high school), spent the summer helping Phoebe Cohen with the development of our first WebQuest online activity. Amy continues to work two afternoons a week in the Summons and Bosak labs under the guidance of Phoebe Cohen (Figure 1). She is assisting in the search for single-celled fossils in ~700 million year old samples that are being analyzed by Boask, Cohen, and others. Amy is interested in STEM careers and has been a vibrant and hard-working addition to our lab community.

Christopher Hoff (Figure 2) is a student at Acton Boxborough high school. He worked in the Ono Lab this summer on making detrital pyrite in the lab to test the hypothesis that on the early earth, less oxygen in the atmosphere would lead to different weathering patterns seen in certain minerals.